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Cooks' House

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115 Wellington St, Traverse City, MI 49686-2666
+1 231-946-8700
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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149 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Reservations are a must, very small space. We hit it on a weekend when they had a special event coming the next day, so not sure it was the best showing by all, but we had a very nice meal. The portions were ridiculously large I thought. I had enough trout for two or three people and the same with... More 

Thank Michigancritter
Flushing, Michigan
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84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

We were going to be in the area for a wedding and stayed over an extra day just to have a meal here. It had been about a year but it was just as good as we remembered. The service was great but not obtrusive. The food was wonderfully prepared and delicious, like fine bistro food in France, and the... More 

1 Thank Paul M
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Really excellent, don't take my word for it though, see for yourself. Each course was fantastic, bold cuisine, other reviewers are correct that the pacing is great. Hot mushroom salad was very interesting and dried cherry duck breast confit was some of the best duck I've had. Unlike other reviewers I found the staff to be warm, knowledgeable and professional--really... More 

Thank John R
Sao Paulo, SP
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57 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Overpriced. Food ok. Very good for some dishes. Harmonization of wines not good for my tasting. Too much sweet wines. Not recommended at all. The worst thin is that you need to leave the restaurant and take an immediate shower !!!! They need to install a exhaust ASAP (as soon as possible). Not nice to eat in a such suffocate... More 

Thank Marcelo V
Rapid City, Michigan
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Service was exquisite! Wine recommendations were spot on. I had the trout, outrageous! My husband had the whitefish and said it was the best whitefish he'd ever had. He orders whitefish at every restaurant! Our friend had the duck...yum!! Could not have been better! A "must go" in the Traverse City area!!

Thank Suzzzz2013
Elgin, Illinois
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

With so many great restaurants in the area it was hard to choose where to eat. We called and were able to get an immediate reservation, one of the perks to traveling during the week. I had the trout, my friend had the pork. Both were delicious. They have a great cocktail menu too. We ended the evening with the... More 

Thank Shareen M
Mequon, Wisconsin
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

When you spend over $300 for two people for dinner and a bottle of wine, you expect superior food and service. The Cooks House delivered on the food quality. Where they fell short was on the delivery. Come on! Serving such fantastic food on chipped plates? Really? Looking in the kitchen from the dining room, I could see a number... More 

1 Thank 467joy
Holly, Michigan
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

7 course menu was delicious! Food was out of this world. Make sure you make reservations in advance. Must visit if in Traverse City.

Thank mcgregorjess
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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82 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

If you have not been before, know that this is a small place... rather tightly fit into the first floor of a small house. Seating for a couple will in most cases be quite close. Be aware, but don't let that deter you. Both food and service were fine... we were last here about 3 years ago. The memory was... More 

Thank FrequentHappyTravele
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

They food was okay ,place was small staff very nice but a lot of the food was unusual if that's what you like you'll love it here , I just thought it was good but not great

Thank mmmwqm

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 115 Wellington St, Traverse City, MI 49686-2666
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-946-8700

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?